The UFC matchmaking machine was in full swing this week with a huge list of matchups being made, but none bigger that the super fight booked between former middleweight king Anderson Silva in his return to the Octagon as he faces perennial bad boy Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in early 2015.
Silva has been out of action since late last year when he suffered a horrific broken leg in his title fight rematch against Chris Weidman, but with rehab progressing on schedule the former pound-for-pound best will return to action against a fighter who actually asked to face him long before this injury occurred.
Nick Diaz has long been interested in a fight with Silva and now he’ll get his chance to face possibly the most prolific standup fighter in the history of mixed martial arts.
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Also announced this week were a couple more main events including a date and location for the Jose Also/Chad Mendes rematch as well as a welterweight showdown between Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Check out the full list of fights announced this week in the round up:
UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le in Macau, China on August 23
Roland Delorme vs. Yuta Sasaki
Milana Dudieva vs. Elizabeth Phillips
UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 in Sacramento, Calif. on August 30
Henry Cejudo vs. Scott Jorgensen
Ruslan Magomedov vs. Richard Odoms
UFC Fight Night on FOX Sports 1: Bigfoot vs. Arlovsk 2 in Brasilia, Brazil on Sept 13
Iuri Alcantara vs. Russell Doane
Piotr Hallmann vs. Gleison Tibau
Sean Spencer vs. Paulo Thiago
Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya
Godofredo Pepey vs. Dashon Johnson
UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson in Saitama, Japan on Sept 20
Urijah Faber vs. Masanori Kanehara
UFC 178: Jones vs. Cormier in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sept 27
Bobby Green vs. Jorge Masvidal
Kevin Lee vs. Jon Tuck
Manny Gamburyan vs. Cody Gibson
UFC Fight Night on FOX Sports 1: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine in Halifax, Canada on October 4
MAIN EVENT: Rory MacDonald vs. Tarec Saffiedine UFC Fight Night on FOX Sports 1 in Halifax
UFC Fight Night: Stockholm in Stockholm, Sweden on October 4
Marcin Bandel vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Jan Blachowicz vs. Ilir Latifi
Dennis Siver vs. Robert Whiteford
Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson a
Ernest Chaves vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Scott Askham vs. Magnus Cedenblad
UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 25
MAIN EVENT: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz in Las Vegas, Nevada on Jan 31, 2015